Our vision for learning (Quoted from Teaching and Learning policy)
The vision for our school is to provide our children with the best possible start in life through the provision of a vibrant, engaging and relevant curriculum where children are challenged and inspired to excel. We strive to develop a community of life-long learners who are ready to succeed in the 21st century.
In every aspect of school life, high expectations for all pupils are evident and ingrained in the culture and ethos of the school. Our aim is for our pupils to be given opportunities to develop the skills for life so that they leave school as well rounded individuals and develop into responsible, caring members of society. In order to do this they must develop the right attributes and attitudes, use good manners and conduct themselves affably in different situations. PSHE continues to be a growing part of Wales’ school curriculum as it provides opportunities which allow our pupils to achieve these goals. We believe that teaching these aspects of the PSHE curriculum will equip our pupils with the right attitudes and attributes to not only become lifelong learners but also responsible citizens within the local and wider community.
PSHE progression of skills
Curriculum Enrichment in PSHE
We try to incorporate as many real life experiences and visitors to the children’s PSHE learning.
Year 6 attend Crucial Crew every year learning about various aspects of safety as they approach a big transition point in their lives. Click here for more information https://www.lifewise999.co.uk/
We invite South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue into school as often as possible to talk to the children about different aspects of safety including how to deal with a fire situation, safety around Bonfire Night and water safety. Click here for more information https://www.syfire.gov.uk/
There are good links with various road safety experts who have been into school and helped children learn how to keep themselves safe crossing the road, in a car, when cycling and also to help parents with parking. We also encourage as many children as possible to complete Bikeability to ensure they have the knowledge and skills to ride properly on the road.
Books to support our learning in PSHE
The Suitcase - Chris Naylor-Ballesteros
When a strange-looking animal arrives pulling a big suitcase, the other animals are curious. What on earth could be inside that suitcase? A teacup? Maybe. A table and chair? Perhaps.
A whole home and hillside with trees? This stranger must be fibbing! But when the animals break into the suitcase and discover a very special photograph, they begin to understand what the strange creature has been through, and together they create a very special welcome present...
The Colour Monster by Anna Llenas
One day, Colour Monster wakes up feeling very confused. His emotions are all over the place; he feels angry, happy, calm, sad and scared all at once! To help him, a little girl shows him what each feeling means through colour. What is the Colour Monster feeling? And can you help him feel a little less mixed up? A gentle exploration of feelings for young and old alike.
The boy at the back of the class – Onjali Q Rauf
A story of friendship, hope and the importance of kindness this is a story full of heart and humour, told from a unique perspective. Featuring illustrations from Pippa Curnick, this is an exceptional book by an emerging voice in children’s writing.
When a new boy joins their class, a group of children try to befriend him. They soon learn that Ahmet is a refugee and has been separated from his family. None of the grown-ups seem to be able to help him, so the friends come up with a daring plan, embarking on an extraordinary adventure.
Julian is a mermaid – Jessica Love
Mesmerizing and full of heart, this is a picture book about self-confidence and love, and a radiant celebration of individuality. While riding the subway home with his Nana one day, Julian notices three women spectacularly dressed up. Their hair billows in brilliant hues, their dresses end in fishtails, and their joy fills the train carriage. When Julian gets home, daydreaming of the magic he's seen, all he can think about is dressing up just like the ladies and making his own fabulous mermaid costume. But what will Nana think about the mess he makes - and even more importantly - what will she think about how Julian sees himself?
PSHE at Home
Want to continue your PSHE learning at home?
Have a look at some of these ideas:
Childline - a free, private and confidential service where you can talk about anything. The website has tips and techniques, ideas and inspiration and can help you feel more in control. You can access them in your own time, at your own pace.
NSPCC - Support and tips to help you keep children safe. From advice on children’s mental health to staying safe online, support for parents and what to do if you’re worried about a child.
Young Minds - The UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people's mental health. Resources for parents including an A-Z guide with advice on how to help your child with specific mental health conditions, and life events which might be negatively affecting their wellbeing.
Anti-Bullying Alliance - Providing expertise in relation to all forms of bullying between children and young people.
Thinkuknow - The education programme from NCA-CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline, providing advice about staying safe when you're on a phone, tablet or computer.